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[MEGAFRAME] 2010: MEGAFRAME was successfully completed (see also MEGAFRAME Final Report , MEGAFRAME D6.4 Laboratory fluorescence microscopy demonstrator ), but work using the MEGAFRAME32 (32x32) and MEGAFRAME128 (128x160) devices has continued, as you can also see from the Publications section.


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In parallel, the follow-up FP7 ICT SPADnet project (www.spadnet.eu ) has been launched, dedicated to the use of SPAD arrays in medical imaging, most notably Positron Emission Tomography (PET), building on the MEGAFRAME scientific and technological achievements.

 

[MEGAFRAME] April 2010: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of "12 outstanding Commission-funded FET projects" showcased at the European Parliament in Strasbourg within the Science beyond Fiction exhibition, 20-21 April 2010, organised to introduce Members of the European Parliament to Future and Emerging Technologies (FET). E. Charbon [and J. Arlt] attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3). 

 

[MEGAFRAME] Oct. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the performance of an array of 32x32 plano-convex 50μm pitch microlenses (see LEOS 2009), fabricated by co-polymer casting in a photoresist replica mold, which have been characterized by a specially developed Optical Test Bench. The measured detection sensitivity increase reaches up to a factor of 35. This concentration factor is, to the best of our knowledge, presently the highest reported to date for any array of SPADs.

 

[MEGAFRAME] Sept. 2009: S. Donati, UNIPV, has been invited to present a talk at the 17th International Conference on Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT09), 26 Sept - 1 Oct 2009, Antalya, Turkey, and selected the MEGAFRAME project as a topic.

 

[MEGAFRAME] June-Sept. 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the design and characterisation of 32x32 TDC/TAC plus single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) pixel arrays implemented in a 130nm imaging process, to create a single chip TCSPC sensor (see the IISW, CICC and ESSDERC Publications). To the best of our knowledge, this work constitutes the largest single-chip array of fully integrated TDCs/TACs so far reported. Each TDC/TAC-SPAD ensemble measures only 50x50μm2. It is thus one of the smallest ever demonstrated with deep sub-nanosecond time resolution.

 

[European R&D] July 2009: The European Commission has explicitly included single-photon and smart pixel based time-correlated imaging R&D into the ICT Call 5 Photonics 2009 topics (see EC Photonics unit website). This is fully in line with MEGAFRAME’s pioneering results, which proved that single photon arrays can indeed be implemented in deep sub-micron CMOS for time-correlated as well as intensity applications.

 

[MEGAFRAME] July 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the a new low noise single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) fabricated in a 130 nm CMOS imaging process (SSE 2009). To the best of our knowledge, the DCR (Dark Count Rate) per unit area achieved in these devices is the lowest ever reported in deep sub-micron CMOS SPADs.

 

[MEGAFRAME] May 2009: MEGAFRAME reports on the real-time hardware (FPGA) implementation of a new integration based FLIM lifetime calculation algorithm, called IEM, suitable for SPAD arrays (see ISCAS 2009). This approach enables direct lifetime calculation in parallel for every pixel. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first system that can generate real-time video-rate fluorescence lifetime images.

 

[MEGAFRAME] April 2009: MEGAFRAME was selected as one of the exhibits of the FET09 Science beyond Fiction conference, 21-23 April 2009, Prague. E. Charbon and R. Henderson attended and presented a 3 part poster (poster 1 - poster 2 - poster 3).

 

[MEGAFRAME] Jan. 2009: Dr. Robert Henderson, UNIED, has been invited to present a talk at the Rank Prize mini-symposium on Single-Photon Detectors, 12-15 Jan 2009, Grasmere, Lake District, UK.

 

[MEGAFRAME] May 2008: MEGAFRAME reports on the direct integration for lifetime extraction method (IEM), a new, simple, and hardware-only fluorescence-lifetime-imaging microscopy (FLIM) proposed to implement on-chip lifetime extractions (JOSA A 2008).

 
"130nm CMOS SPAD", invited presentation at SPIE Optics East (Sept. 2007)
 

July/Aug. 2007: MEGAFRAME reports on the first implementation of a Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) in 130 nm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technology - see also the JSTQE paper in the "Publications" section.

 

FBK/ITC press release, Oct. 2006 (original Italian version, English version).


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ISSCC 2008/1 PDF Print

ISSCC 2008, San Francisco, Feb. 2008.
Title: A microsystem for time-resolved fluorescence analysis using CMOS single-photon avalanche diodes and micro-LEDs
Authors: B. Rae, et al.
Event/Journal

 
ISSCC 2008/2 PDF Print

ISSCC 2008, San Francisco, Feb. 2008.
Title: A 128x128 Single-Photon Imager with on-Chip Column-Level 10b Time-to-Digital Converter Array Capable of 97ps Resolution
Authors: C. Niclass, C. Favi, T. Kluter, M. Gersbach, and E. Charbon
Event/Journal

 
IISW 2007/2 PDF Print

IISW 2007, Ogunquit, Maine, USA, June 2007.
Title : A CMOS Single-Photon Avalanche Diode Sensor for Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging
Authors: F. Borghetti, D. Mosconi, L. Pancheri, and D. Stoppa
Event/Journal

 
MicroTAS 2007 PDF Print

Intl. Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTas), Nov. 2007.
Title: Particle-Shadow Tracking – Combining Magnetic Particle Manipulation with In-Situ Optical Detection in a CMOS Microsystem
Authors: U. Lehmann, M. Sergio, S. Pietrocola, C. Niclass, M.A.M. Gijs, and E. Charbon
Event/Journal

 
ESSDERC 2007 PDF Print

ESSDERC, Munich, Germany, Sept. 2007.
Title: Low-Noise CMOS Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes with 32 ns Dead Time
Authors: L. Pancheri and D. Stoppa
Event/Journal

 
IEEE Transducers 2007 PDF Print

IEEE Transducers, Lyon, France, June 2007.
Title: A CMOS Microsystem Combining Magnetic Actuation and In-Situ Optical Detection of Microparticles
Authors: U. Lehmann, M. Sergio, S. Pietrocola, C. Niclass, E. Charbon, and M.A.M. Gijs
Event/Journal

 
EOS Conference on Frontiers in Electronic Imaging/2 PDF Print

EOS Conference on Frontiers in Electronic Imaging, June 2007, Munich.
Title: Time of Flight 3D Imagers in CMOS Technologies (Invited)
Authors: A. Simoni and D. Stoppa
Event/Journal

 
EOS Conference on Frontiers in Electronic Imaging/3 PDF Print

EOS Conference on Frontiers in Electronic Imaging, June 2007, Munich.
Title: A 2-D Time Resolved Photon Counting Imager in 0.35µm Technology
Authors: B. R. Rae, D. Renshaw, R. Henderson, and E. Charbon
Event/Journal

 
CLEO Europe-IQEC 2007 PDF Print

CLEO Europe-IQEC, June 2007.
Title: A Time-correlated Two-photon Fluorescence Imaging with Arrays of Solid-state Single Photon Detectors
Authors: M. Gersbach, D. Boiko, C. Niclass, C. Petersen, and E. Charbon
Paper, Event/Journal

 
ISSCC 2007 / SESSION 21 / SENSORS AND MEMS / 21.8 PDF Print

ISSCC 2007 / SESSION 21 / SENSORS AND MEMS / 21.8
Title: A 128×2 CMOS Single-Photon Streak Camera with Timing-Preserving Latchless Pipeline Readout
Authors: M. Sergio, C. Niclass, E. Charbon
Paper, Event/Journal

 
NIM A 2007 PDF Print

Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research A, Vol. 571 N. 1+2, pp. 130-133, Jan. 2007.
Title: Silicon Photomultipliers and their Bio-medical Applications
Authors: E. Gregoriev, E. Charbon, et al.
Paper, Event/Journal

 
MicroTAS 2006 PDF Print

Intl. Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTas), Tokyo, Nov. 2006.
Title: A Room Temperature CMOS Single Photon Sensor for Chemiluminescence Detection
Authors: M. Gersbach, Y. Maruyama, C. Niclass, K. Sawada, and E. Charbon
Paper, Event/Journal

 
ESSCIRC 2006 PDF Print

ESSCIRC, Montreux, Switzerland, Sept. 2006.
Title: A CMOS 64x48 Single Photon Avalanche Diode Array with Event-Driven Readout
Authors: C. Niclass, M. Sergio, and E. Charbon
Paper, Event/Journal

 
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